I recently took an online quiz to test my Buffalo-ness through the local slang language. Of course, I passed, but I also had a major issue with the test: It’s virtually impossible to fail it. Each question had three answers, and two of them would be obvious elimination fodder.
That was a little upsetting. The thing with spending as much time as I have in Buffalo is that you learn that, for better and worse, the city never really leaves you. It was a blow to my pride to end up acing something that could so easily be aced by any onlooker from Seattle who was paying attention. So I came up with a simple solution: It was time to create my own quiz. The Ultimate Buffalo Quiz! Let’s separate the Nickel City urbanites from the pretenders and weed out who the real expats are. And I want to make this sucker as difficult as possible. I’m going to include things that even longtime Buffalo residents probably shouldn’t be expected to know.
1 – How did the roof of the old Peace Bridge Arena collapse?
- The whole place got in the way of a speeding tornado.
- 13 inches of snow fell onto the roof.
- Basic rust in a rainy July after being left unattended for too long.
- Poor architecture.
2 – Which famous building in Buffalo is 97% unoccupied?
- Seneca Tower
- The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
- Gold Dome
- Hotel Lafayette
- Wilcox Mansion
3 – At the turn of the 20th Century, Buffalo was home to more millionaires than any other city in the world. Where did they live?
- North Tonawanda
- Old First Ward
- Grand Island
- Masten Park
- Delaware Avenue
4 – The first chancellor of the University of Buffalo later became President of the United States. He was a Buffalo native. Who was he?
- Grover Cleveland
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Millard Fillmore
- William McKinley
- Thomas Jefferson
5 – Buffalo sports fans all know the Los Angeles Clippers started as the Buffalo Braves, but they’re actually the second NBA team originally founded in Buffalo. What was the first?
- Atlanta Hawks
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Boston Celtics
- Sacramento Kings
- Portland Trail Blazers
6 – How much snow did the Blizzard of 1977 actually drop?
- 30 inches
- 42 inches
- 93 inches
- 12 inches
7 – What well-known song by the Goo Goo Dolls (Buffalo natives) is about a street in Buffalo?
- “Fallin’ Down”
8 – Buffalo’s annual National Buffalo Wing Festival was started in 2002. It began because a character made a reference to visiting Buffalo for a fictional chicken wing festival in what 1999 movie?
- Galaxy Quest
- Fight Club
- Osmosis Jones
- The Matrix
- Varsity Blues
9 – There have been several movies at least partially filmed in Buffalo but not set there. What movie was set there but filmed in the city which is geographically further away from it than any other city in the mainland United States?
- Bruce Almighty
- Buffalo ‘66
- Hide in Plain Sight
- Nobody’s Fool
10 – What Bills quarterback retired and went on to a distinguished political career which eventually resulted in his receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom?
- JP Losman
- Jack Kemp
- Frank Reich
- Dennis Shaw
- Bruce Mathison
11 – “Buffalo” wings are so-named, at least nationally, because they were invented in Buffalo. (Though we refer to them as just wings, or chicken wings if we’re being formal.) What restaurant in Buffalo invented them?
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Anchor Bar
- La Nova
- Just Pizza
12 – What bona fide soccer legend played the final five games of his storied career in Buffalo?
- Diego Maradona
- Steven Gerrard
- George Best
13 – What kind of building structure does Buffalo have more of than any other city in the world?
- Big blue water towers
- European-style gothic churches
- Grain elevators
- Canal locks
- Brutalist-style skyscrapers
14 – Who is Sal?
- The vicious boss of the old Buffalo Mafia
- A mule from an old folk song about the Erie Canal
- The enforcer who protected Gilbert Perrault
- A high-spirited greeter who was often seen in Main Place Mall
- Owner of a high-end restaurant chain
15 – What famous architect once referred to Buffalo as “the world’s best-planned city?”
- Frederick Olmsted
- Louis Sullivan
- Rem Koolhaas
- Ieoh Ming Pei
- Zaha Hadid
16 – At the turn of the millennium, what was Buffalo dangerously close to hinging its entire economic development plan on?
- Catholic tourism
- A novelty citywide art endeavor called Herd About Buffalo
- A haunted asylum
- A fishing store
- A museum dedicated to Nikola Tesla
17- What beloved building in Buffalo ended up starting a national trend for its particular kind of facility?
- The Electric Building
- Buffalo City Hall
- Pilot Field
- The Guaranty Building
18 – What condiment is extremely popular on Beef on Weck, even though most people hate it?
- Sweet Relish
- Soy Sauce
- French Dressing
19 – What sport has never been played professionally at First Niagara Center?
- Roller hockey
- Arena football
- Figure skating
- Indoor-style soccer
20 – What unique marking helps distinguish the official flag of the City of Buffalo?
- A light bulb
- A bison
- The state motto of New York
- Two hands clasped, shaking each other
- Lightning bolts
21 – What building did Ani DiFranco purchase and move Righteous Babe Records into to prevent it from being demolished?
- Asbury Delaware United Methodist Church
- Washington Square
- Pearl Street Bar and Grill
- The Darwin Martin House
22 – What makes the NFTA Lightrail unique?
- It makes Buffalo the smallest city in the world with a subway.
- It was never completed.
- It uses overhead wires instead of a third rail.
- All of the above.